Naval Light Combat Aircraft, MIG29 K Fighter Aircraft successfully take-off on INS Vikrant

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Light Combat Aircraft (Navy) and MIG29 K Fighter Aircraft on 6 February successfully performed a maiden landing and take off from India's first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant.

An overview of the news

  • This shows India's prowess in designing, developing, producing and operating aircraft carriers with indigenous fighter aircraft.

  • India's first Made in India aircraft carrier INS Vikrant was commissioned into the Navy by Narendra Modi on 2 September 2022 at the Kochi Shipyard.

  • With this, India has joined the list of countries with the capability to build more than 40,000 ton class aircraft carriers.

  • INS Vikrant is built by Cochin Shipyard Limited. It has been designed by the Warship Design Bureau, formerly known as the Directorate of Naval Design. It is the in-house design organization of the Indian Navy.

MIG29 K Fighter Aircraft

  • Navy's MiG-29K aircraft has been upgraded by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons.

  • The MiG-29K, which is procured by the Navy directly from Russia, is equipped with weapons of Russian origin.

  • HAL has also initiated integration of indigenous weapons such as Astra on the MiG-29K.

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